It is our goal to create the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT) that will address the challenges inherent in an isolated testbed by integrating testbed capabilities into the Mass Open Cloud (MOC), an existing cloud for academic users. In particular, we propose to:

1) Add testbed dedicated resources, including a cluster of FPGA enhanced nodes, in the MGHPCC data center used by the MOC,

2) Harden the MOC’s Elastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI) mechanism, which allows physical servers to be elastically and securely moved between different services

3) Integrate ESI with CloudLab’s provisioning mechanisms, enabling servers to be moved between the MOC and OCT to handle bursts of demands on the testbed

4) Provide system researchers access to cloud telemetry and datasets and provide them with the ability to expose experimental services to users of the MOC


ElastiC Secure infrastructure

ESI encompasses work in several areas to design, build and evaluate secure bare-metal elastic infrastructure for data centers. Additional research focuses on market-based models for resource allocation. Click here for the latest ESI OCT developments.


Researchers use CloudLab to build their own clouds, experimenting with new architectures that will form the basis for the next generation of computing platforms. Click here to learn more about CloudLab.

Field programable gate arrays (FPGAs)

Future data centers are moving towards a more fluid model, with computation and communication no long localized to commodity CPUs and routers. Next generation “data-centric” data centers will “compute everywhere,” whether data is stationary (in memory) or on the move (in network). Reconfigurable hardware, in the form of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), are transforming ordinary clouds into massive supercomputers. Click here for the latest on FPGA OCT developments.


Click here to read learn more about OCT hardware.